School Trips

Intention

We strongly believe in the value of school trips and the opportunities that they provide for students to expand their knowledge, broaden their horizons and develop and apply what they have learnt outside the school boundaries.

Implementation

Each year we run around 70 trips, covering over 110 school days and involving almost 3000 student days and the vast majority of our teaching and support staff. Clearly, all these trips involve a great deal of time and effort for staff to prepare and coordinate to ensure that they run smoothly and safely. They also depend on, and cannot run without, student cooperation on the trips and parental contributions towards their costs, for which we are very grateful. Parentmail is the main vehicle for communicating details about individual trips to parents. Further details about how we implement our learning outside the classroom can be found in our Trips and Visits Policy.

Many of our trips run annually or biannually. Trips run during the 2017-18 academic year can be found here.

Impact

The benefits to pupils of taking part in our visits and learning outside the classroom are outlined in our Trips and Visits Policy. In summary they include:

  • Increased critical curiosity and resilience
  • Enhanced communication and problem-solving skills.
  • Increased risk management skills encouraging pupils to become more risk aware as opposed to risk averse.
  • Broadened horizons by introducing new activities, different cultures and environments.
  • Improving environmental appreciation and awareness of the importance and practice of sustainability.
  • Physical skill acquisition and the development of a fit and healthy lifestyle.
  • Improved achievement and attainment across a range of curricular subjects.
  • Allowing students to learn from experts.

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